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Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Facts

Manitowoc County

When was Manitowoc County, WI Created?
Manitowoc County was created on December 7, 1836 from Brown County. The county was named for Munedoo-owk, a Ojibwe word meaning "the place of the good spirit" .

What is the County Seat of Manitowoc County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Manitowoc and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Manitowoc County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Brown County (northwest), Kewaunee County (northeast), Sheboygan County (south), Calumet County (west).

What cities and towns are in Manitowoc County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Kiel, Manitowoc, Two Rivers; Towns consist of Cato, Centerville, Cooperstown, Eaton, Franklin, Gibson, Kossuth, Liberty, Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, Maple Grove, Meeme, Mishicot, Newton, Rockland, Schleswig, Two Creeks, Two Rivers; Villages consist of Cleveland, Francis Creek, Kellnersville, Maribel, Mishicot, Reedsville, St. Nazianz, Valders, Whitelaw.

Manitowoc County, WI Vital Records

Where can find Manitowoc County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Manitowoc County vital records can be found at the Wisconsin Office of Vital Records has copies of Birth, Marriage, Divorce & Death Records reported since 1907. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Wisconsin for current fees and application process..

You can search online for Manitowoc County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Wisconsin Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Manitowoc County, WI Census Records

What Manitowoc County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Manitowoc County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Manitowoc Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Manitowoc Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Manitowoc Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research.

There are Wisconsin State censuses from 1895 and 1905. Also the Wisconsin Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index for 1820-1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Wisconsin Census Records Research Guide

Manitowoc County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Manitowoc County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Manitowoc County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Manitowoc County.The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

It has been estimated that less than 50 percent of the vital records, for example, were prepared and submitted for permanent filing prior to 1907. Land deeds, probate, and court records generally begin in Wisconsin with the organization of the county. Prior to that date, check the County or Counties it was created from. Some counties formed from other counties transcribed their portion of property deeds to be kept with the new county deed records. See Also Wisconsin Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Manitowoc County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1010 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220; Phone: 920.683.4004
    • County was attached to Brown County for county and judicial purposes from 1836–38 and Brown County for judicial purposes from 1839–48. Some early records may be found there.
  • Manitowoc County Register of Deeds purpose is to provide official record keeping for Records or files land record documents authorized by law, such as deeds, mortgages, satisfactions, certified survey maps, plats and Federal Tax liens. Files and indexes Birth, Death and Marriage records, Military Discharges, and issues certified copies upon request.
    • Phone: 920-683-4010
    • Birth Records: 1858
    • Marriage Records: 1849
    • Death Records: 1864
    • Land Records: 1835
  • Manitowoc County Register in Probate Office has the responsibility to maintain and update files regarding probate of estates, guardianships, protective placements, adoptions and mental commitments. This is a statutory office with the position of Register in Probate filled by judicial appointment.
    • Phone: 920-683-4015
    • Probate Records: 1850 
  • Manitowoc County Clerk of Court Office is required to maintain a record of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of all court proceedings, and collect various fines and forfeitures ordered by the court and specified by statute.
    • Phone: (920) 683-4030
    • Court Records: 1848
  • Public Records of the Consolidated Court Automation Programs provides access to certain public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
  • U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898
  • BLM Land Records

Manitowoc County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Manitowoc County, WI?
A list of Manitowoc County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Wisconsin Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Manitowoc County, WI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Manitowoc County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Manitowoc County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is just a listing which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Manitowoc Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Manitowoc Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Manitowoc Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Manitowoc Co. WI General and History Websites

Manitowoc Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Manitowoc Co. WI Military Records

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